Quotations About / On: SILENCE

  • 11.
    Their very silence is a loud cry.
    (Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 B.C.), Roman orator, philosopher, statesman. I, 21.)
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  • 12.
    Silence is the most intolerable of answers.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 13.
    Silence is the best response to mystery.
    (Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 3 (1993).)
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  • 14.
    Silence is the most perfect expression of scorn.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1921). Ecrasia, in Back to Methuselah, "As Far as Thought Can Reach," The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
  • 15.
    Silence, indifference and inaction were Hitler's principal allies.
    (Immanuel, Baron Jakobovits (b. 1921), British cleric, Chief Rabbi of the British Commonwealth. Independent (London, December 5, 1989). On the prosecution of alleged war criminals.)
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  • 16.
    In war personal revenge maintains its silence.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 10, p. 196, selection 5[1], number 79, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to November 1882February 1883. Originally meant to be attributed to Zarathustra in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.)
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  • 17.
    Silence kills scandal.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 18.
    It is tact that is golden, not silence.
    (Samuel Butler (1835-1902), British author. Samuel Butler's Notebooks, p. 229 (1951).)
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  • 19.
    The rest is silence.
    (William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Hamlet, in Hamlet, act 5, sc. 2, l. 358. Hamlet's last words.)
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  • 20.
    That man's silence is wonderful to listen to.
    (Thomas Hardy (1840-1928), British novelist, poet. Spinks, in Under the Greenwood Tree, pt. 2, ch. 5 (1872). Some editions have the variation: "That man's dumbness is wonderful to listen to.")
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